The information contained within this web site was compiled from various sources including Billy Wayne Riley, James H. Riley, Robert Earl Woodham, Judi Hayes, original census and other records, and from many living descendents of John Riley, Sr. Generations 1 through 4 may be browsed by the general public, information in subsequent generations may be obtained by contacting individual contributors (see DOWNLOADS section). This website is dedicated to all descendents of John Riley, Sr
Jim Riley has made available the results of his years of careful work and thoughtful analysis to all researchers interested in the history of our Riley ancestors. The reports submitted to date may be accessed by clicking HERE. This information is intended to stimulate conversation and feedback, and is, as all genealogy work, subject to revision as more information becomes available. Please offer comments and feedback to Jim directly or through this website.
The 2010 Ward-Riley family reunion was held on July 31, 2010. Please click HERE to read the announcement. Roy Strickland has submitted a group photo from the reunion, check it out in the REUNION PHOTOS SECTION. Please submit your photos to the website administrator, if you would like them published here!
Please contact Bob White if you have any suggestions for the 2010 reunion or need to be included on the mailing list.
Manonia Snell a well known Dale County, AL, genealogist is nearing completion of a book on the Rileys, Wards and related families of Dale County. Further details will be published here when available (03/08/2012).
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Please visit the MILITARY section to see a compilation of research performed by Ervin Riley on our Riley kin who served in the War Between the States.
Capt. Joshua A. Carson (US Army Infantry and a Riley cousin) has authored a report on the Battle of New Hope Church, in which some of our Riley ancestors fought during the Civil War. See MILITARY section.
Please visit the RECENT CONTRIBUTIONS page to see four pages of Mary Whitaker Riley's (wife of John, Sr.) estate settlement submitted by Madelyn Stark!
Please see the RESEARCH section to read of recent research by Erv Riley on Pinckney Riley's First Wife Martha
It is with sadness that we report the death of Robert Earl Woodham. He died at his home on August 2nd, 2009. Robert Earl was one of the earliest Riley and Woodham family researchers, and was instrumental in piecing together the original John Riley, Sr., line of descendants. He will be greatly missed. His obituary can be found in the OBITUARIES section. His research collection is currently in storage at Auburn University's Montgomery Library, pending organizing and cataloging. Please visit the PROJECTS SECTION or contact the administrator for details.
Please click HERE to read an article submitted by Roy Strickland describing the reburial of John, Sr., and Mary Whitaker Riley at the Center Cemetery. The original article appeared in the Southern Star, Ozark, AL, on April 15, 1885. This article was submitted by Ms. Carla Miles.
Please click HERE to view the newly redone headstones of Geo. W. and Lettie Riley at the Midland City Cemetery (Michelle Woodham). This project was extremely well done.
Please click HERE to read a discussion and proposed identification of Mary, the 'lost' daughter of John, Sr., and Mary (Hope Lowry).
RILEY HEADSTONE PROJECT AT OLD CENTER METHODIST CHURCH CEMETERY. Please click HERE to visit the section documenting the efforts to replace and preserve some of the deteriorating headstones at the Old Center Church Cemetery.